Empire Club of Columbus

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Nick Name Empire
Earliest Known Date June 1866
Location Columbus, GA, United States

The Columbus Daily Sun, June 16, 1866 notes that 18 young men have enrolled in the baseball club. July 28, 1866 gives their names, and July 29, 1866 reports that the baseball club is “flourishing” with 30 members. July 28, 1866 reports on a game between two nines of the baseball club, captained by local merchants Charles Etheridge and Thomas Spear. The teams played on the city’s “old race track.” The Sun August 11, 1866 reports on a game between the two nines of this club, now named the “Empire.”

Columbus GA (about 9600 inhabitants in 1860, about 7400 in 1870) is on the AL border and about 100 miles S of Atlanta.

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Found by Bruce Allardice
First in Location Columbus, GA
Entry Origin Sabrpedia


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